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An extended Easter cruise, explore the South West, Brittany or the Channel Islands

A great opportunity to get out on the water during the Easter break for a 7 day sailing holiday starting in Brixham, Devon. This week long voyage offers the opportunity to explore the South West coast including Cornwall. 

Embark
Fri, 19-04-2019 - 13:00
Brixham
Disembark
Fri, 26-04-2019 - 13:00
Brixham
Duration
7 Nights
Vessel
Provident
Voyage No.
PR190419

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Provident - South West Coast, Channel Islands or Brittany

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

If you are a recent convert to sailing or are looking for your first offshore experience, then this would be a great introduction. This sailing voyage is a mixture of hands on activity afloat, exploration ashore and pure relaxation. This is a unique way to explore the Channel Islands, such as Jersey and Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Alderney. Northern Brittany and the West Country on a piece of maritime history. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Brittany and the Granite Rose coast

  • Channel Islands

  • Sail a piece of Maritime history

  • Night sailing under the stars

  • Quality cooking

Provident Red Sails and Sunset

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

With an enthusiastic and active guest crew to cope with the sail handling and a strong breeze or gale Provident can really shift. There are three main areas to explore including the Channel Islands, Brittany and the West Country. 


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with mother nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but no destination is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

Where the Wind Blows

From her home port of Brixham, Provident is extremely well placed to explore the variety of great sailing grounds – the Channel Islands and north Brittany coast are an easy hop away. You are also surrounded by some the best of the Westcountry waters! The location also ensures that pretty much whatever the wind direction, you and the skipper can decide on a great voyage that everyone will enjoy. 

The aim is to arrive at a new harbour or anchorage each evening after each day’s sailing. Whichever direction you head in there are many interesting places to visit. On all voyages the highly-trained, friendly and professional crew are on hand to ensure maximum enjoyment and comfort. The skippers have come to know these waters like the ‘back of their hands’ and will ensure you get to visit the well known highlights as well as the more hidden gems.

Provident under sail

The Channel Islands

The Channel Islands lie to the south-east and the many different islands combine to offer great cruising grounds with sandy beaches, amongst an abundance of tranquil coves and bays.

The main Islands of Jersey and Guernsey have well established marinas and bustling ports with lots of good shops and excellent restaurants and bars. Some of our favourite places to visit include the peace and solitude of Sark, Herm and Alderney, and lively St Peter Port on Guernsey. The waters around the islands are arguably among the clearest, offering the perfect window on a treasure chest of marine life. Dolphins and Porpoises can often be seen off the coast and the whole area has large populations of seabirds.We regularly visit the islands on voyages to and from the French coast and the mild climate means that the area is a great place to visit at any time of year.

Brittany

Brittany is due south from Brixham and has a wealth of great places to visit and explore, with several challenging entrances for a sailing yacht. Provident has visited the ‘granite rose’ coast for many years and is well known in the French harbours and ports – you can expect lots of interest from locals as you sail her into port. We might visit places like Paimpol or the deep winding rivers up to Lezardrieux or Treguier are a firm favourite and all within range. 

The Ile de Brehat is one of Brittany’s loveliest islands. Brehat is made up of several islets around two small islands and has a fort, several tiny villages with pretty stone cottages and small stone-walled fields. The islands are lovely to explore by foot or bike. Further west is the Sept Isles which are uninhabited, and host an old lighthouse and colonies of breeding gannets and puffins.

Devon and Cornwall

Westcountry

Most of our cruises will take in part of the beautiful South Devon or Cornish coastline either on the way out to, or returning from, Brittany / Channel Islands. Also, if the weather is not suitable to make the Channel crossing, we will focus on a Westcountry based voyage, exploring this superb coastline, with its wealth of estuaries and charming coastal towns and villages.

Dartmouth and the Britannia Royal Naval College, Salcombe, Cawsand, Fowey, St Mawes, Falmouth and the Helford all offer a welcome shelter for a variety of wind and swell directions, as well as being beautiful locations. The South West Coast Path provides access to good coastal walking at almost every anchorage, and there are plenty of beautiful sandy bays and beaches to enjoy – all within a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

Provident Ships Wheel

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

If you get the prevailing South-west wind both ways when crossing the channel, you can enjoy a beam reach, which is a fast course for any vessel. However, the crossing could be rough and tidal, so an adventurous attitude is required. 

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities, and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation.  There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application.  If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better. 

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED 

Skipper & professional crew

Sailing instruction

All meals on board

Port and landing fees

Linen and duvets

Waterproofs on request

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED 

Travel to and from ports
Alcohol onboard, although you can purchase drinks from the ship's bar. 
Towels
Personal Travel Insurance

 

Brixham, UK

Latest port updates

Google Map - Events Pontoon Brixham

Brixham Joining or leaving point.

 

Assemble towards the end of the Events Pontoon Red Point above. Zoom in to your ship! 

For Pilgrim, Provident, Leader, Golden Vanity and Grayhound, your boat will be berthed on Brixham Town Pontoon, on the east side of Brixham Harbour, opposite The Prince William Pub. Your joining times can be found on your confirmation email.

The boats can be recognised as follows:

LEADER Black hull and bulwarks, with red stripe (07811 330 536)

PROVIDENT Green hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 537)

GOLDEN VANITY Pale blue hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 538)

PILGRIM Black hull and bulwarks with yellow stripe (07867 898625)

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Driving Directions

From the North

On the M5, continue past Exeter. The road becomes the A38 shortly thereafter.
Keep left and fork LEFT onto the A380, signposted for Torquay. Continue on that road to the end of the dual carriageway, straight over the large roundabout at Newton Abbot and through Kingskerswell.
Then turn RIGHT at the next roundabout onto the Ring Road, signposted for Paignton and Brixham.
Carry on past the end of the dual carriageway and through the outskirts of Paignton. Go straight over at a large crossroads following signs for Brixham, past Booker, Sainsbury’s and Bookham on the right. Turn right at the next T-junction on the A3022, signposted Brixham and Dartmouth.
Stay on that road, keeping to the left-hand lane at the traffic lights on the outskirts of Brixham. At the traffic lights in the centre of the town, by Brixham Theatre, turn left into Market Street and follow signs for the harbour. Turn right into The Strand, leaving the harbour on the left. The road turns away from the harbour then hard left up King Street. You will see the harbour below you on the left.
About 600 yards further on there are signs for a car park on the left, by the water’s edge. Go down the ramp, turn left and drive past the lifeboat station to the unloading bay by the marina building. You are allowed time to put your belongings in a trolley and bring them to the pontoon where the boat will be moored, which is about 200 yards past the marina office.

From the East, 

On the A303 the road becomes the A30 and joins the M5 just North of Exeter. Follow instructions as above.

From the West, 

Stay on the A38 past Plymouth, exit at junction signposted to Totnes and Paignton by a shell garage. Follow the road into Totnes; turn Left at the first set of traffic lights down a hill, and then right at the T-junction. Go straight over the two roundabouts following signs to Paignton, and out of Totnes. As you enter Paignton turn right towards Brixham at the large junction, and follow directions as above.

Parking

After checking in, take your car to the long-stay 'Breakwater' car park on the opposite side of the main road. The entrance is about 50 yards past the entrance to the waterside car park and marina area. Post code is: TQ58BY: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/breakwater-cp

It's a good idea to purchase your long stay parking permit online before you get there: https://www.torbay.gov.uk/roads/parking/parking-permits/car-park-permits/

There are many car parks in Brixham, most are long stay with the exclusion of Brixham Central.

Classic Sailing tip- if you arrive early, drop your bags on board and look for street parking on the residential streets high above the harbour out towards Berry Head. Mounts Road is often a good bet .

 

Train

Paignton is the end of a Branch Line from Exeter St Davids (Main Station). Trains come to Exeter from many parts of the UK. http://www.raileasy.co.uk

Take the train to Paignton (may require a change at Exeter or Newton Abbot), and then by taxi (about 15 minutes) or bus (Number 12, 25) to Brixham. There is a taxi rank outside the train station and the bus station is opposite. The bus arrives in Brixham beside a car park. Walk through the car park to the far end, continue down the narrow lane at the end you will then come to the Harbour. Turn right, then left, keeping the harbour on your left, walk towards the Marina, the boats are on the Town Pontoon opposite The Prince William Pub.

Bus and Coach

Paignton Bus Station is beside the Railway Station and there are buses (No 15) and coaches going to Brixham.  National Express Coaches got to Paignton and Brixham. http://www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm

For Local services http://www.carlberry.co.uk/rfnlistr.asp?L1=PAI003&op=D

Air & transfers

Exeter Airport (EXT)  is about 50 miles away. Exeter UK Flights currently from Aberdeen, BelfastCity, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, Leeds – Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

Taxi - Torbay Taxi 01803 213 521 www.torbaycabcompany.co.uk

History

Brixham has been a fishing port for many centuries and is still one of the biggest fishing ports in England.

The last invasion of England.

On 5th November 1688 Prince William of Orange landed in Brixham. Before moving on to Exeter and later to London, his army camped on the high ground around Brixham, whilst William ‘went down the hill unto the Fishermen's little house; one of which he made into a Palace for that time‘. He later went on to be crowned King William III of England.

Attractions

Brixham has a great little museum called Brixham Heritage Museum and is well worth a visit.
Berry Head is a large dramatic headland a short walk out of Town and there are lots of good coastal walks.

There are many facilities’ in the Torbay area, cinemas, theatre galleries etc. www.englishriviera.co.uk

Annual Events

Brixham Heritage Festival and the Pirate and Shanty Festival both happen in May.

We are keen to keep this information accurate and we welcome your comments skippers@classic-sailing.co.uk.

 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Brixham, UK

Latest port updates

Google Map - Events Pontoon Brixham

Brixham Joining or leaving point.

 

Assemble towards the end of the Events Pontoon Red Point above. Zoom in to your ship! 

For Pilgrim, Provident, Leader, Golden Vanity and Grayhound, your boat will be berthed on Brixham Town Pontoon, on the east side of Brixham Harbour, opposite The Prince William Pub. Your joining times can be found on your confirmation email.

The boats can be recognised as follows:

LEADER Black hull and bulwarks, with red stripe (07811 330 536)

PROVIDENT Green hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 537)

GOLDEN VANITY Pale blue hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 538)

PILGRIM Black hull and bulwarks with yellow stripe (07867 898625)

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Driving Directions

From the North

On the M5, continue past Exeter. The road becomes the A38 shortly thereafter.
Keep left and fork LEFT onto the A380, signposted for Torquay. Continue on that road to the end of the dual carriageway, straight over the large roundabout at Newton Abbot and through Kingskerswell.
Then turn RIGHT at the next roundabout onto the Ring Road, signposted for Paignton and Brixham.
Carry on past the end of the dual carriageway and through the outskirts of Paignton. Go straight over at a large crossroads following signs for Brixham, past Booker, Sainsbury’s and Bookham on the right. Turn right at the next T-junction on the A3022, signposted Brixham and Dartmouth.
Stay on that road, keeping to the left-hand lane at the traffic lights on the outskirts of Brixham. At the traffic lights in the centre of the town, by Brixham Theatre, turn left into Market Street and follow signs for the harbour. Turn right into The Strand, leaving the harbour on the left. The road turns away from the harbour then hard left up King Street. You will see the harbour below you on the left.
About 600 yards further on there are signs for a car park on the left, by the water’s edge. Go down the ramp, turn left and drive past the lifeboat station to the unloading bay by the marina building. You are allowed time to put your belongings in a trolley and bring them to the pontoon where the boat will be moored, which is about 200 yards past the marina office.

From the East, 

On the A303 the road becomes the A30 and joins the M5 just North of Exeter. Follow instructions as above.

From the West, 

Stay on the A38 past Plymouth, exit at junction signposted to Totnes and Paignton by a shell garage. Follow the road into Totnes; turn Left at the first set of traffic lights down a hill, and then right at the T-junction. Go straight over the two roundabouts following signs to Paignton, and out of Totnes. As you enter Paignton turn right towards Brixham at the large junction, and follow directions as above.

Parking

After checking in, take your car to the long-stay 'Breakwater' car park on the opposite side of the main road. The entrance is about 50 yards past the entrance to the waterside car park and marina area. Post code is: TQ58BY: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/breakwater-cp

It's a good idea to purchase your long stay parking permit online before you get there: https://www.torbay.gov.uk/roads/parking/parking-permits/car-park-permits/

There are many car parks in Brixham, most are long stay with the exclusion of Brixham Central.

Classic Sailing tip- if you arrive early, drop your bags on board and look for street parking on the residential streets high above the harbour out towards Berry Head. Mounts Road is often a good bet .

 

Train

Paignton is the end of a Branch Line from Exeter St Davids (Main Station). Trains come to Exeter from many parts of the UK. http://www.raileasy.co.uk

Take the train to Paignton (may require a change at Exeter or Newton Abbot), and then by taxi (about 15 minutes) or bus (Number 12, 25) to Brixham. There is a taxi rank outside the train station and the bus station is opposite. The bus arrives in Brixham beside a car park. Walk through the car park to the far end, continue down the narrow lane at the end you will then come to the Harbour. Turn right, then left, keeping the harbour on your left, walk towards the Marina, the boats are on the Town Pontoon opposite The Prince William Pub.

Bus and Coach

Paignton Bus Station is beside the Railway Station and there are buses (No 15) and coaches going to Brixham.  National Express Coaches got to Paignton and Brixham. http://www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm

For Local services http://www.carlberry.co.uk/rfnlistr.asp?L1=PAI003&op=D

Air & transfers

Exeter Airport (EXT)  is about 50 miles away. Exeter UK Flights currently from Aberdeen, BelfastCity, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, Leeds – Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

Taxi - Torbay Taxi 01803 213 521 www.torbaycabcompany.co.uk

History

Brixham has been a fishing port for many centuries and is still one of the biggest fishing ports in England.

The last invasion of England.

On 5th November 1688 Prince William of Orange landed in Brixham. Before moving on to Exeter and later to London, his army camped on the high ground around Brixham, whilst William ‘went down the hill unto the Fishermen's little house; one of which he made into a Palace for that time‘. He later went on to be crowned King William III of England.

Attractions

Brixham has a great little museum called Brixham Heritage Museum and is well worth a visit.
Berry Head is a large dramatic headland a short walk out of Town and there are lots of good coastal walks.

There are many facilities’ in the Torbay area, cinemas, theatre galleries etc. www.englishriviera.co.uk

Annual Events

Brixham Heritage Festival and the Pirate and Shanty Festival both happen in May.

We are keen to keep this information accurate and we welcome your comments skippers@classic-sailing.co.uk.

 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Provident

Provident is an original  Brixham Trawler built in Devon in 1924 and was one of the last sailing trawlers to be commissioned. She is one of the medium-sized trawlers, with sleek lines and lighter sails and spars than her bigger sister ship Leader. The ships wheel is a great vantage point to soak up views of the wooden decks and savour helming 85 tons of British working history, with the tan sails powering you along the coast.  Provident has been a charter vessels for decades so there always seems to be a former sailor saying hello on every quayside.

Statistics
  • Length overall: 90ft (27.56)
  • Length on deck: 70ft (21.51m)
  • Year built: 1924
  • Vessel type/rig:Brixham Trawler

 

  • Guest berths: 12
  • Crew berths: 4

 

 

The Experts View: What Provident Does Best

Distinctive silhouette of a Brixham Trawler. Provident in a silver sea.
Distinctive silhouette of a Brixham Trawler. Provident is well known.

Adventure Cruising and Exploration Ashore

Provident adventure cruises are a mixture of activity afloat, exploration ashore and pure relaxation.  On most cruises fixed itineraries are avoided, allowing us the maximum freedom to go with the weather, not fight it, and to yield to the mood of the moment: to press on to a new destination that lies over the horizon, visit the local market or just ramble ashore, swim and enjoy a barbeque on a quiet beach.

Sailing Provident is done the traditional way and does require a team effort.  As with all Classic Sailing vessels, there are no winches, only blocks and tackles to hoist sails. Technique is more important than strength, so everyone can join in and learn to sail this magnificent vessel.  Alternatively, you can tuck yourself up in a corner with a good book.  How much or how little you do is entirely up to you.  

Provident at anchor in Dartmouth

Proving Historic Ships are Best at Sea - Not in a Museum.

1924 Provident is part of the core collection of the British Historic Ships Register. Provident has been a skippered charter vessel for over 65 years. Setting sail every day each season means she has introduced thousands of sailors to cruising and communal life aboard a traditionally rigged ship. Having a purpose helps her gain restoration grants and stay sailing in good condition. In 2017 she had new decks and work is always on-going. Willing volunteers have given her a lot of love and attention.

If you want to experience living history, help keep our maritime skills alive, or simply enjoy a long weekend doing something completely different, then Provident offers a few short breaks and day sails each year.  These 1-4 day voyages include all accommodation on board, sailing instruction and great meals, freshly prepared by the ships cook. 

Why not buy a Provident Taster Voyage for a present for a friend or relative ?  She was the founding vessel of the Island Trust in Salcombe in the 1950's so many sailors of that era still remember their first voyage on her.If you sailed Provident many years ago, why not come back for a blast around the bay. 

An amazing experience! To also sail and live on a piece of history is fantastic. The crew, skipper, and fellow passengers made the trip truly memorable". Roger 

Crossing the English Channel

Brixham offers one of the best setting off ports to cross the Channel under sail. In prevailing South West or West winds you can go for a spirited fast reach to Brittany or the Channel Islands.  The wind angle for this route is a much better point of sailing and shorter distance than crossing from the Solent or Cornwall.

If you have done a bit of coastal sailing and a Channel crossing with night hours is your next goal, then signing up as crew on a deep keeled Brixham Trawler is a wonderful way to gain a taste of offshore sailing.  On a yacht crossing the channel at night, everyone typically stays clipped in and seated in the cockpit.  On a proper sailing ship the high bulwarks and flat decks make it possible to walk to a job rather than crawl. Standing at the wheel, steering by the stars is a wonderful feeling.

Provident stowing the sails
Sailing Action on Brixham Trawler Provident

What to Expect on Provident

Sailing Style

Sailing Provident is done the traditional way and does require a team effort.  As with all Classic Sailing vessels, there are no winches, only blocks and tackles to hoist sails. Technique is more important than strength, so everyone can join in and learn to sail this magnificent vessel.  Alternatively, you can tuck yourself up in a corner with a good book.  How much or how little you do is entirely up to you.  The ships wheel is a great vantage point to soak up views of the wooden decks and savour helming 85 tons of British working history, with the tan sails powering you along the coast.

Provident is rigged now just as she was when she fished under sail early last century. She has a 'Gaff Rig', indicating that the Main and Mizzen sails are hoisted using a 'gaff', a spar attached to their upper side. The Ketch rig (two masts) was used to divide up the sail area, making each sail easier to handle by a small crew. The large number of sails (up to eight) makes it easy to 'change gear' by hoisting or lowering sails as required, depending upon the strength of the wind.

The Ketch rig is very versatile; good in light winds, when extra sails can be set (such as flying jib, mizzen topsail and mizzen staysail), good in heavy winds (she can sail under mizzen and staysail alone) and  good for manoeuvring (the mizzen can be used to help to balance and turn the boat).

Life on Board

The big saloon and oak table on Provident is so perfect for meals, that she is often the vessel of choice for social gatherings and parties if you are rafted up with other ships at festivals.  On a charter voyage you have your 'floating restaurant' to yourselves, but if the weather is nice then there are some great places to sit and eat on the 90 ft long deck.

Provident carries a dedicated ships cook (as well as a skipper, mate and bosun) and you can buy bottles of wine on board, on charter voyages.  Three meals a day, BBQ's ashore you don't have to pack for, and possibly the smell of cake or bread baking are all the advantages on sailing on a ketch with 4 professional crew.

Apart from a team effort with washing up, domestic chores are generally done by the ships crew too, but you might like to help scrub the decks for exercise (good for the core muscles and keeps the deck seams tight)

Beach BBQ ashore -a sailing holiday with a cook on gaff ketch Provident
'No faff' Beach BBQ ashore - when you have a professional ships cook on board

Accommodation on Provident

Down below, Provident has been fitted out for her modern role, but you can easily see her massive oak timbers and gain an appreciation of her hull strength, whilst being safely 'cocooned' in varnished wood.

She has accommodation for twelve guests and four crew, a large saloon area, a galley with a large, gas cooker, two toilets, a hot shower, and a generator that supplies a ring main with 240v electricity. She has a well equipped navigation station with modern navigation equipment including Radar, GPS and DSC VHF Radio.

Provident has relatively easy steps to negotiate to go below. Firstly you step down about 3 steps to the doghouse with has large windows to the deck. there there is a second set of steps down into the main saloon.

There is a huge wooden saloon table with cushioned seating and two pilot berths on the other side of the room. There is a door to two separate 2 berth cabins on either side of the doghouse.  Forward of the main mast is a two person cabin and a 4 person cabin.

There is separate crew quarters for 4 behind a bulkhead with its own hatch aft.

Provident Layout Below Decks

Provident Accommodation Layout Below Decks

Provident Ships Specification

feet feet metres
length overall including spars 90ft 5" 27.56
Length of Hull 70ft 6" 21.51
Waterline length 60ft 18.29
Beam 18ft 5.49
Draft 9ft 4" 2.83
Max Sail area 3010 sq ft 280 sq m
GRT Gross registered Tonnage   41.62 sq m
Displacement tons 93 ton 85 tonnes
Port of registry Brixham Devon
original fishing number BM28  
Builder:  J Sanders Galmpton Devon
Date Launched 1924  

 

Sail Plan - Gaff Ketch

Provident sail plan
Provident sail plan
Provident Brixham Trawler from the stern

Provident - Skippers & Crew

Provident Skipper

Ben Wheatley - Operations Manager/Relief Skipper

Ben started his maritime career sailing on square riggers, working his way up through the ranks to First Mate. He first joined the Brixham Trawler fleet in 2013 as skipper. After 12 years of working on tall ships and sailing to a number of beautiful destinations, Ben decided he wanted to find a place to base himself and start a family.

Today, Ben is based in Brixham where he oversees the operational side of the organisation, supporting the skippers and crew on board the vessels during the sailing season and coordinating the refit plans during the winter months. He enjoys spending time with his family, and gets to have his “tall ship fix” when he fills in as skipper for the fleet of vessels. He is a very knowledgeable skipper and loves to teach others. If you are one of the lucky ones that gets to sail with Ben this season and you are interested in traditional rigged vessels, he is the best person to ask!

Current sailing grounds

Provident - Kit List

Provident in port. Getting to know fellow crew

Provident - Kit List

What is Included:

  • Duvet
  • Pillow
  • Sheets, pillow case
  • Lifejackets and harness line

What is Not Included:

  • Offshore waterproof jackets and trousers can be provided on request on 01872 580022 if you give us your size requirements (no charge) or you can bring your own. 
  • Alcohol to have with meals when not sailing. (the ship generally has wine you can buy on board)

What to Bring

  • Hats for sun and cold weather.
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - layers e.g. tracksuit bottoms, shirts, fleece jacket, wool jumpers, thick socks, and neck scarf. It can get cold at sea even in mid summer.
  • Swim suit, towel, and suntan lotion.
  • Flat shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes. Sailing boots or wellies as the sea can come over deck if rough.
  • (An alterative to boots in summer is to bring another pair of flat shoes with a good grip in case the first pair get wet).
  • All terrain type Sandals are great for dinghy trips ashore – but you do need shoes which protect your toes for sailing.
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for all Voyages. (UK Customs Vessels can do spot checks anywhere around the coast, even if the ship is not going abroad. If you don't have a passport, another photo ID may be sufficient for UK waters voyages. Please contact us for advice)
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasick tablets - check with your Doctor, which brand if you suffer from asthma or are on medication.
  • RYA Cruising Logbook for RYA Courses.
  • Musical instruments are always welcome. 

N.B. BOATS HAVE LIMITED STORAGE SPACE SO PLEASE LIMIT YOURSELF TO ONE SOFT BAG OR RUCKSACK  (NOT SUITCASES)

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Provident - Reviews

Provident happy crew

“An amazing experience!  To also sail and live on a piece of history is fantastic.  The crew, skipper and fellow passengers made the trip truly memorable." – Roger

“I was hugely impressed with the skipper and crew.  They were professional and charming.  The atmosphere on board was great, and I had a brilliant time.  Thank you.” – Phil 

“Quite the best sailing trip I’ve had – crew exceptionally capable, helpful and professional, and the food was excellent.” – Mike 

“The skipper and crew were the friendliest and most helpful and informative I have ever found compared to other ships.  Also standards of safety were much higher than I have experienced.” – Mr Beale 

What did you most enjoy? 

Rolling out of Brixham into the swell and seeing the decks get wet as the sea came slopping over bow. Beautiful early mornings. Fresh bread. Getting 6 sails up. Singing shanties with the crew. Helming off Start Point in clear blue skies. Taking visual sightings and checking the charts and our position.

Loved the sign up admin being simple, support from your office as it was my first trip and was asking all sorts of random questions and I got what it said on the tin. 
The crew were awesome, the boat beautiful and my fellow crewmates gid company. Am currently taking online day skippers course through you and look forward to booking my next voyage(s) very soon!" - Martyn L 

Martyn Laxton - Provident Feedback
Martyn Laxton - Provident Feedback
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RESERVE YOUR PLACE FOR 7 DAYS WITHOUT FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

As long as the voyage is not about to start, Classic Sailing can reserve your place for 7 days without payment or financial commitment, whilst you talk to your boss, find a home to look after your dog, or check flight prices.

All Classic Sailing need from you is a completed booking form to start the process: We check availability, approve your booking form, and provisionally reserve a berth.  You place is confirmed and booking terms apply, only when you have paid the deposit. We strongly recommend you do not purchase flights or travel tickets until your voyage is fully confirmed.

Solo Sailors and Solo Occupancy

The majority of our sailors sail on their own. The boats will always ensure that solo sailors sharing the same cabin are the same sex. Sole occupancy is available on some vessels which will have an extra % charge which varies by vessel.

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